Carol Ladwig

Trail Youth group serves up doughnuts, coffee, and support, Tuesdays in North Bend

Trust isn’t established on a deadline, but with a specific group of young people in Issaquah and another in the Valley, it can be built… Continue reading

Lost on a trail, missing Boxer finds his way home after four stormy days

The new year, now a joyous one for the Gaudio family of North Bend, started off with one of their own missing. On a Dec.… Continue reading

Dedicated community volunteer, Art Hobbs, to be remembered in Dec. 28 service

Arthur Hobbs of Fall City, died Dec. 3, after a brief illness. He had recently celebrated his 80th birthday with his friends and family. Hobbs,… Continue reading

Heavy snowfall, equipment problems kept North Bend on snowy streets following Dec. 9 storm

Most North Bend residents don’t need reminders that a lot of snow fell on their city Dec. 9, since a lot of it is still… Continue reading

North Bend City Council votes for no property tax increase in 2017

North Bend citizens have been asked to absorb a lot in the last year, so they shouldn’t have to suffer a property tax increase next… Continue reading

New city hall for North Bend inches ahead

Working in small increments, the North Bend City Council is making progress toward its goal of building a new city hall. In November, the council… Continue reading

‘Pennies from Heaven:’ 100 Women Who Care group raises thousands of dollars in less than an hour

There’s a new women’s group in the Valley, formed on a concept that sounds impossible — raising $10,000 for a charitable cause in less than… Continue reading

Hang time vs. distance: Twin Falls students fling beanbags for science

Hang time was definitely the more difficult goal for students working on catapult projects at Twin Falls Middle School last week. As two girls, their… Continue reading

Opinion: Open letter to a changed America

Dear President-elect Trump, Well, you’ve done it, and I must congratulate you on your stunning victory in the election. I didn’t support you, and am… Continue reading

Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank holds community meet-and-greet

Drive past the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank on distribution days and you might think you’re missing out on some sort of festivities. All day Wednesdays,… Continue reading

Mount Si High School reconstruction work begins Monday; main parking lot to be demolished in November

Work will begin Monday on the delayed start of the Mount Si High School construction project. The city of Snoqualmie issued the building permit for the $195 million project this week, to formally authorize the three-year project.

Soup Lady Ginger Passarelli lends inspiration to Snoqualmie Valley Women in Business to make the world a better place

"How do you make the world a better place?" asked Snoqualmie Valley Women in Business Board President Jacqueline Fairbrass, at the organization's Sept. 14 luncheon meeting.

‘Country cool’ Carnation eyes changes to code on keeping chickens, other livestock, in city

Carnation is not a sleepy little town any more. The city of about 1,800 people is starting to grow, with 65 homes permitted, or almost through the permitting process, for construction in four subdivisions, plus infill development. That growth, while welcome for its potential revenue to the city, may be a threat to Carnation's "country cool" culture, according to about a dozen people — and two chickens — who spoke at last Tuesday's Carnation City Council meeting.

Taking an election vacation

Last year when every Valley city had council races and most other local government entities did too, emotions were running high and a lot of people spoke without thinking, which was especially unwise in this age of mistakes living on indefinitely, courtesy of social media. I announced then that I would be taking vacation the entire month of October this year, because I knew, with national races on the ballot, that things would only get worse this year.

Major improvements OK’d for Torguson Park

North Bend's largest park, Torguson Park on North Bend Way, will be getting an update almost two years in the planning. North Bend City Council members voted Sept. 20 to approve the $1.6 million project to add restrooms and a concessions building, relocate two of the fields and add turf, build a trail looping through the park, and improving drainage on the fields.

North Bend gives preliminary OK to agreement for athletic complex

Snoqualmie couple John and Wendy Miller received initial support from the North Bend City Council for their plans to build an indoor-outdoor athletic complex on 12 acres of open space between S.R. 202 and Boalch Avenue, just north of N.W. 14th Street, at the Oct. 18 meeting of the city council.

Leading the pack: Cedarcrest High School seniors see success for boys and girls cross country teams

Madi Shinn, a senior at Cedarcrest High School, is the first runner in her family. She's also the first runner on her girls cross country team to cross the finish line in a lot of the races she's competed in this season.

Mount Si falls to Bothell; Irish, Bonda, have big nights at home game

In a game marked by penalties and two scoreless quarters, the Mount Si High School football team still found some wins to celebrate after its Sept. 17 loss to the Bothell Cougars, 31-21.

Mount Si High School committee looks at adding credits to improve graduation rates

In two years, Washington high school students will be required to earn 24 credits before they can graduate. That's two more credits than the classes of 2017 and 2018, today's seniors and juniors, will need. Twenty-four is also the exact number of credits that students at Mount Si School can earn right now, assuming they don't fail any classes.

Ballot-box blues: What’s a voter to do?

Every year, when my ballot appears in my mailbox, I feel a little pang of loss. It reminds me that I don’t get to vote in person any more, don’t get to go into the church basement, and chat with the election volunteers, don’t get to find out if the trick for finding my name in the voter list — the second one after all the Andersons — still works, don’t get to watch as the ballot box whooshes my marked ballot back and down into the “vault” in the bottom.